New speakers announced!

What do a Michelin-starred chef, an expert on human-robot relationships, a DIY media badass, the AI philosopher who scared the hell out of Elon Musk, the fathers of design thinking, and the “most important man in New York tech” have in common?

You guessed it: They’re among the thought leaders joining Martha Stewart, Dr. David Suzuki and Airbnb’s Chip Conley on the stage at C2 Montréal’s 5th edition, which is set to gather and inspire 5,000 business leaders May 24-26, 2016.

In addition to Massimo Bottura (Chef Patron, Osteria Francescana), Dr. Kate Darling (Research Specialist, MIT Media Lab & Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center), Suroosh Alvi (Co-Founder, VICE), Prof. Nick Bostrom (Professor of Philosophy, Oxford University and Director, Future of Humanity Institute), Tim Brown and Paul Bennett (CEO and CCO, IDEO) and Chad Dickerson (CEO, Etsy), the C2 stage will also be graced by the words and wisdom of (in alphabetical order):

A.J. Paron-Wildes – National Architectural and Design Manager, Allsteel
Ali Velshi – Global and Economic Affairs Journalist
Dr. Beth Altringer – Lecturer on Innovation and Design, Harvard University
Byron and Dexter Peart – Co-Founders and Creative Directors, WANT Les Essentiels
Christine Renaud – CEO and Co-Founder, E-180
Guy A. Lepage – Producer, Talk Show Host, Director, Writer and Actor
Guy Crevier – President and Publisher, La Presse
Harley Finkelstein – COO, Shopify
Hicham Ratnani and Ethan Song – Co-Founders and COO/CEO, Frank & Oak
Jake Barton – Founder and Principal, Local Projects
Michel Laprise – Writer and Director, Cirque du Soleil
Olivier Royant – Editor-in-Chief, Paris Match
Sandy Speicher – Partner and Managing Director of Education, IDEO
Sébastien Turbot – Curator and Global Director, World Innovation Summit for Education
Wanjira Mathai – Director, wPower Hub

See the whole list of speakers and learn more about each of them here.


New this year: Guest curators join the programming process
To help make sense of the ways the rise of The Many is rewiring the way we learn, work, make, collaborate and communicate, we have also invited futurists and human canaries to participate in curating the talks. New this year, we are introducing these guest curators as part of a decentralized programming process, in keeping with the collaborative nature of this year’s theme.

Two of these guest curators are Stowe Boyd (Futurist and Head of Research, Gigaom – this is the guy who coined the term “hashtag”) and Estelle Métayer (President, Competia and Adjunct Professor, McGill University). The role of these experts is to work closely with our speakers to help push their talk further in line with our themes and with the rest of the programming. In other words, they will help ensure that our collective minds are blown, no matter our industry.

Read Stowe’s and Estelle’s blog posts to learn more about their approach and their take on our 2016 theme, The Many.


And, of course, as is always the case with C2, what happens on stage is just the tip of the iceberg. Many of these speakers will also be giving masterclasses and contributing questions for us to chew on during extreme brainstorming sessions. You might even be sitting next to one of them at the bar.

Until then, stay tuned as more speakers are announced and juicy little bits of programming and experience are made public.

What are you doing at the end of May?